What could be better than a little bit of running before a good time with your friends? With the choice of 5K or 10K runs you'll breeze through the vineyards before refreshing yourself with the 'wine waddle'. All topped off with some live music as the day comes to an end.
Running Events in Australia
WHERE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Run the Rock is 5 to 22 kilometres of breathtaking scenery, gritty trails, undulating country roads and a venture into the new.
25km and 16km trail running events held in the beautiful Currumbin Valley on Queensland's Gold Coast. With challenging yet achievable courses along the buffer track separating the NSW/QLD border this is a unique event not to be missed.
The 3km Dash 4 Duchenne road run is also back for 2019 and is open for kids aged 8 - 14 only. Why is it called the Dash 4 Duchenne? Read on!
15km, 10km and 5km run with amazing bay views
The DO A TREK TO REMEMBER - Challenge Brisbane - 31 MARCH 2019 will see you and your teams walk from Mt Nebo to Enoggera Reservoir The Gap through the DAguilar National Park.
This event will offer you and your friends the opportunity to test your fitness and enjoy the spirit of camaraderie whilst completing a 23KM endurance trek across south-east Queensland in teams of four to six.
Raising money and creating awareness for the great work that Dementia Australia delivers to the Australian communities!
A stone throw from the CBD, the Flemington Racecourse offers the perfect venue for a half marathon. With the choice of a 5K or 10K course youll be certain to keep yourself on your toes. All topped off with the infamous Flemmington rose gardens this will be unlike anywhere youve run before - and all for a good cause.
YOU LITERALLY GET TO RUN THROUGH A ZOO! This isn't just a race, this is a fully fledged festival for the whole family. All the community comes together for one huge party and day of epic memories. You have two different distances to choose from and there really is a race for anyone. If you're there with your family why not take on the 4k family fun run (in this its first year). Feeling more adventurous? Then the 12k fun run is for you. The whole way round both courses there is extensive festivities and cultural pieces from the community. We will also have some very special guests including the finest sports men and women Sydney has to offer.
The finish line festival is unparalleled. This definitely isn't a race to run off at the end of it. Bask in your glory at finishing your race and enjoy everything the festival has to offer - it really is huge.
A really great added bonus is the free entry to Sydney days that you can use at any tie within three months of the end of the race. What's not to love - exercising with friends, celebrating at the festival and having free access to Sydney's new zoo!
A bi-annual fun-run alongside Lake Burley Griffin
This is a fun run event where you can run or walk to the top of Mount Canobolas, near Orange. For the first time this year there is a 5k Family Trail Run course as well as the scenic 11k route. Bring along your friends and families to join in!
Bay Break is a multisports event held in the beautiful seaside town of Hervey Bay in Queensland. This year Bay Break is a run, walk & triathlon event held in the Urangan Pier Precinct on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April 2019. Participants can enter in a single event or multiple events.
The Bay Break multisports event is run by local volunteers with the objective of providing an event that supports locals participating in sport and healthy activities .We also aim to attract visitors to the region to stay and enjoy our beautiful surroundings where Local businesses will benefit from this event through this attraction of visitors to the area and any profits will be distributed to nominated local charities.
Join in the 10th running run of one of Victorias classic alpine runs, 3 distances 45/36/22 km covering superb scenery taking in the beautiful Delatite River, the historic Klingsporn Track, majestic Mt Buller, Mt Stirling and the historic Craigs Hut.
Take in views across to some of Victorias great alpine scenery, the Crosscut saw Mt Speculation, Mt Buggery, Hells Window and Mt Magdala. Set in the heart of Victorias high country the Mount Buller Skyrun is one of the most amazing high altitudes runs that Australia has to offer.
Enjoy a great day out with family and friends on Sunday, 7 April 2019 and support Australians living with multiple sclerosis by taking part in the MS Walk + Fun Run in Sydney, NSW. Since the first event in 1989, MS Walk and Fun Run participants have raised millions of dollars to fund essential services and support for people living with MS.
Choose to walk or run 4kms or 8kms around Sydney's most recognizable landmarks.
Enjoy a scenic course with views of the beautiful Sydney Harbour as you get moving for MS. There will be food, music and entertainment available at the event village for the whole family! This event sets off from Meltcafe Park, Pyrmont.
Remember that the MS Walk + Fun Run route is wheelchair and stroller friendly.
Running in Australia
Australia has an incredible, adventurous and sometimes pretty out there running scene (see popularity of Cupid Undie Runs). The largest marathon is at the Sydney Running Festival with over 37,000 finishers last year. However, if you're looking for something truly massive, then join the Sun-Herald City2Surf with 80,000 other competitors. Expect to meet amazing people from all over the world and probably get overtaken by a giant foam beer bottle - fancy dress is encouraged.
What you need to know about running
There are heaps of different running events to get involved with, if you want a good mix of fun then Parkruns, colour runs, 5ks, and 10ks, might be ideal for you. However, if you're looking to extend your distance then our selection of half marathons, marathons, and ultras might be what you need to set your sights on. Running is not only one of the world's most accessible sports, it's also super sociable too, so grab your friends set some goals. If you're just starting out, 5k and 10k events are great fun and definitely worth doing if you're training for a bigger challenge further down the line. These events often aim to keep the mood light, the Canberra Times Fun Run is a famous example.
For those who want to stretch their legs a little more, the half marathon and marathon are the next level up to consider. The Gold Coast Marathon is one of the oldest running in Australia, passing it's 40th edition in 2018 and attracted a record 28,000 participants. However if you're looking for something a little smaller, on the other side of Brisbane the Sunshine Coast Marathon hosts a much smaller pool of around 6,500 participants.
If you love to push yourself further than most others will, then an ultramarathon might be for you. These raced are defined as anything over the 26.2 marathon distance. This could have you trekking for 100k or more as in the Ultra-Trail Australia. There are 'shorter' versions too, usually starting around the 50k mark. The Australian Running Festival in Canberra hosts one of these. To take on these events you've got to be prepared for anything, and the key is to be well rested and properly fuelled. Take things slowly, it's an (ultra)marathon, not a sprint after all. Get to know your fellow competitors along the way and soak up some breathtaking views.
Training for a running event
Training isn't easy, and can be particularly tough if you're going it alone. Generally, people who stick to a training plan struggle less with motivation and are able to fit their goals around their lives more easily. It doesn't matter if you're a 5k novice or a marathon pro, have a read over some of our pre-race training plans to help you reach your goals: 5k Training Plan; 10k Training Plan; Half Marathon Training Plan; Marathon Training Plan; Ultramarathon Training Plan.